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Top Choice Museum in City Park & Beyond

Museum of Fine Arts

Housed in a grand neoclassical building, the Museum of Fine Arts is home to the city’s most outstanding collection of foreign works of art, ranging from articles from ancient Egypt and ancient Mediterranean cultures…
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Gundel

With a tradition dating back to 1894 and past guests including royalty and presidents, Gundel is one of Budapest's fanciest (and most famous) restaurants. In the evenings, musicians entertain the guests amid opulent…
Top Choice Square in City Park & Beyond

Heroes' Square

Heroes’ Sq is the largest and most symbolic square in Budapest, and contains the Millenary Monument (Ezeréves emlékmű), a 36m-high pillar topped by a golden Archangel Gabriel. Legend has it that he offered Stephen t…
Top Choice Museum in City Park & Beyond

Palace of Art

The Palace of Art, reminiscent of a Greek temple, is among the city’s largest exhibition spaces. It focuses on contemporary visual arts, with some three to four major exhibitions staged annually; recent exhibitions …
Top Choice Hungarian in City Park & Beyond

Bagolyvár

With reworked Hungarian classics that make it a winner, the ‘Owl’s Castle’ attracts the Budapest cognoscenti, who leave its sister restaurant, Gundel, next door, to the expense-account brigade. There are excellent t…
Top Choice Hungarian in City Park & Beyond

Olimpia

Traditional Hungarian with a twist is on offer at this brilliant restaurant that offers a table d’hôte set-lunch menu of one to three courses and a dinner menu of up to seven; the set lunches are a steal. Book ahead…
Museum in City Park & Beyond

Miksa Róth Memorial House

This fabulous museum exhibits the work of the eponymous art nouveau stained-glass maker Róth (1865–1944) over two floors of the house and workshop where he lived and worked from 1911 until his death. Róth’s dark-bro…
Zoo in City Park & Beyond

Budapest Zoo

This zoo, which opened with 500 animals in 1866, has an excellent collection of big cats, hippopotamuses, bears and giraffes, and some of the themed houses (eg Madagascar, wetlands, nocturnal Australia) are well-exe…
Park in City Park & Beyond

City Park

City Park is Pest’s green lung, an open space measuring almost a square kilometre that hosted most of the events during Hungary’s 1000th anniversary celebrations in 1896. In general, museums lie to the south of XIV …
Museum in City Park & Beyond

Hungarian Agricultural Museum

This rather esoteric island museum is housed in the stunning baroque wing of Vajdahunyad Castle. Scattered across several grand halls, the museum showcases Europe’s largest collection of things agricultural, from ce…